Wednesday, April 23, 2014

3 Bommin' Bake Sale 'Babes' {Blast from the Past}

Begins with a brownie mix...tastes like a Buckeye!  OH MY!!! 

Chocolate Chips meet up with Cream Cheese...what's not to LOVE?? 

Two simple recipes that leave folks begging for more...

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Glazed Carrots & Pineapple

I know...maybe you're sick of food for a few days...fixing it OR eating it!
We do tend to overdo on holidays sometimes huh? 

I always THINK I'm going to keep our brunch simple, but it always ends up seeming like it's just too much! 

Well even if you don't want to do much cooking in the next few days, I do hope you'll consider fixing this dish soon.  It's OH SO tasty. It would be a great addition to any meal. 

I have always loved 'dressing up' veggies. I think it makes them a little more inviting, especially for those who aren't wild about veggies.

When I saw this lovely recipe Sheena was sharing at 
Hot Eats & Cool Reads I knew I would be adding it to our Easter brunch.  It was delicious...and so were the few leftovers!

I reduced the amount of sugar, just because we all need to limit our intake, so feel free to add more brown sugar, if that's not a problem for you. 


2 c. baby carrots
1- (20 oz.) can pineapple tidbits or chunks, drained
4 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 c. packed brown sugar

(I used a heaping 1/4 c.)
1 Tb. butter
black pepper to taste

Steam of boil the carrots in a medium saucepan until crisp tender; drain.

Remove from pan.

In a small dish, combine a small amount of the pineapple juice from the can and the cornstarch until smooth. Pour the rest of the pineapple juice into the saucepan. Add cinnamon, brown sugar, butter and black pepper. Bring to a boil, add the cornstarch mixture and cook and stir for 3 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the carrots and pineapple; heat until hot. 

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

No Sew T-Shirt Bag Tutorial

While we were in Florida this winter, one of the most fun things I did was teach gals how to make these bags.  One friend told me "You've created a monster!" because she made soo many bags and ended up teaching several others. =) 

She had found some 'cutsie' t-shirts and made bags in which she was going to put her granddaughter's Easter items in, like sunglasses and wrapped candies. 

It's simple and takes about 10 - 15 minutes to do.  They make great gifts! You can personalize a t-shirt for someone special and then make it into a bag.  I suggest using a zipper pouch to carry small items. 

I had a blast recently getting to show a local group of ladies how to make bags. We had such an enjoyable evening together!

You'll never look at t-shirts the same way again!


Items Needed:
L, XL or XXL 100% Cotton T-shirt
Sharp Scissors

1.      Lay Shirt flat – cut out neckline – options:
Round, square or v-neck, cutting about 1/3 of the way over into the shoulder seam.  
2.      Cut off sleeve inside of seam
3.      Cut off the hem, both sides at once.

4.      Cut strip along longest part of sleeve, then cut in half. Set aside.
5.      Cut up each side of shirt – 4” – 8” long
6.      Cut strips, about finger-length wide, but up to 3/4" wide.

7.      Using matching top and bottom strips, tie into a double knot, repeating until all are tied.
8.      Pull on strips and to make the ‘fringe’.
9.      Gather shoulder seam, tie with strip from sleeve. Double knot it – pull to curl.

VOILA!  You’ve done it!!

Now go find more shirts to make more fun. *-*

(Here's 3 bags my 'Monster' Friend Jeanette made!! 
Adorable huh?)

Here's a couple of simple tutorials for making scarves from t-shirts...

Infinity Scarf (takes almost 2 minutes!!)

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Saturday, April 19, 2014


Jellybean Prayer

 Red is for the blood He gave
Green is for the grass He made

Yellow is for the sun so bright

Orange is for the edge of night

Black is for the sins we made

White is for the grace He gave

Purple is for the house of sorrow

Pink is for the new tomorrow

A bag of jellybeans

colorful and sweet

In this prayer is a promise

And a small delicious treat.